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The Struggle -- An intimate drama of an American everyman who falls victim to the debilitating affliction of alcoholism.


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Anita Loos (from the screen story by) and
John Emerson (from the screen story by)
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Release Date:
10 December 1931 (USA) See more »
A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Hal Skelly ... Jimmie Wilson

Zita Johann ... Florrie
Charlotte Wynters ... Nina
Evelyn Baldwin ... Nan Wilson
Jackson Halliday ... Johnnie Marshall
Edna Hagan ... Mary
Claude Cooper ... Sam
Arthur Lipson ... Cohen
Charles Richman ... Mr. Craig

Helen Mack ... A Catty Girl
Scott Moore ... A Gigolo
Dave Manley ... A Mill Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bruce ... Granny (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Barfly (uncredited)

Directed by
D.W. Griffith 
Writing credits
Anita Loos (from the screen story by) and
John Emerson (from the screen story by)

D.W. Griffith  uncredited

Produced by
D.W. Griffith .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
D.W. Griffith (uncredited)
Philip A. Scheib (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Ruttenberg 
Nick Rogalli (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Barney Rogan 
Production Management
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Blaydon .... assistant director (as Richard A. Blaydon)
Jack Aichele .... assistant director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Kaufman .... electrician (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip A. Scheib .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
A. Griffith Gray .... production advisor

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Interesting movie about the struggle against alcoholism..., 22 January 2010
Author: dwpollar from Evansville, Indiana USA

1st watched 1/21/2010 – 5 out of 10 (Dir-D.W. Griffith): Interesting movie about the struggle against alcoholism that doesn't quite hit the mark due to it's lack of showing us how the battle can be won. The story is about a good-ole boy named Jimmy, played by Hal Skelly, who doesn't like to put the juice down until he meets his to-be wife. She persuades him to stop drinking if they get married and he does OK until after their first child is born and then he falls back into his same old ways. He loses his job, his family, and practically his life until he's rescued again by his wife. The movie shows how dependent family members are on the alcoholics and how difficult it is for the addicted to change his ways, but it doesn't make it clear how things can change. Things just kind of get better in the movie eventually and we know this doesn't happen in real life. A valiant effort by renowned silent movie director D.W. Griffith but there doesn't seem to be a clear focus on the purpose of the film and therefore it doesn't all quite jell. He drifts from an initial focus on the prohibition to eventually being a more personal movie but never quite aces either one. The quick ending kind of ruins what could have been an important piece of film about this disease instead it's just an OK film about this struggle.

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